The physical phenomena which govern vehicle handling and control are extremely complex and, therefore, beyond the level of knowledge which is to be expected or necessary for the average driver or driver educator. However, certain basic physical principles are vital if one is to understand why his vehicle reacts in the manner it does in certain emergency situations. This report discusses these basic principles in general, in simplified form, and then a detailed discussion is provided for each exercise along with other pertinent student preparation material. The exercises cover the following: Skid Control; Serpentine Course; Evasive Maneuvering; Controlled Braking; Off-Road Recovery; and Blowouts. The final section of this report is devoted to the knowledge and basic skills needed for towing trailers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Nebraska Department of Education

    Division of Instructional Services, 233 South 10th Street
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68508
  • Authors:
    • Schmidt, D H
    • Tichenor, F E
  • Publication Date: 1977


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 58 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721374
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-900 016U
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 6 1996 12:00AM